Florida Keys News - Key West Citizen
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Resort alleges manager embezzled

An Islamorada resort manager allegedly stole nearly $75,000 from the business over a three-year span, according to a Monroe County Sheriff's Office press release issued Tuesday.

Tammy Stevens, 45, who owns residential properties at 109 Ocean Lane and 421 10th St. in Key Colony Beach, was charged Tuesday with grand theft, fraud and 30 counts of using the Internet to defraud.

Stevens allegedly stole the money from Matecumbe Resort, 76261 Overseas Highway, to buy tools, DVDs, a digital camera and a computer and related equipment, as well as paying the health insurance premiums for her daughters and ex-husbands, the release says. She also paid for other personal medical expenses using resort funds, according to a nine-page arrest warrant.

The alleged theft of $74,889 occurred between 2009 and 2011, according to the warrant.

None of the alleged purchases or reimbursements were authorized by the resort's board of directors.

Stevens was fired on Dec. 4 after a resort director found evidence that she was misusing money, the warrant states. Two accountants were reportedly then hired to review the books.

Stevens allegedly wrote two checks each for $5,000 to herself to give herself a $10,000 raise, but she was to void the checks after the directors denied her raise, investigators say.

"Ms. Stevens only placed void on the checks, but left the checks carried as uncleared transactions in the resort's bank statement," the warrant states.

Stevens allegedly used resort funds to reimburse charges she made online using her credit card, the warrant states.

Stevens remained in the Monroe County Detention Center on Stock Island Tuesday in lieu of $340,000 bail.

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